Antioxidants (propolis, blueberry, vitamin E) may have value in Peyronie's disease. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Effectiveness of antioxidants (propolis, blueberry, vitamin E) associated with verapamil in the medical management of Peyronie's disease: a study of 151 cases.
Int J Androl. 2011 Sep 27. Epub 2011 Sep 27. PMID: 21950543
Andrology Service, Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Albano Laziale (Rome, Italy) Complex Operative Unit of Urology Jewish Hospital, Rome, Italy Department of Public Health and Cellular Biology, University of Rome"Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy.
A total of 151 patients (age: 24-74 years, mean: 55 ± 10.3) diagnosed with Peyronie's disease were enrolled in a non-surgical treatment. In addition to medical histories and physical examinations, all patients underwent the following tests: penile ultrasound, IIEF questionnaire and photographic documentation. The penile curvature was measured by taking a photograph during maximum erection. All 151 patients were treated at different times and with different combinations of drugs, and afterwards, they were clinically studied and divided into five different treatment groups: 1st = verapamil (injection + iontophoresis) + vitamin E + topical diclofenac + blueberries; 2nd = verapamil (injection + iontophoresis) + vitamin E + topical diclofenac + propolis; 3rd = verapamil (injection) + vitamin E + topical Diclofenac; 4th = verapamil (iontophoresis) + vitamin E + topical diclofenac; 5th = verapamil (injection + iontophoresis) + topical diclofenac + blueberries + propolis. All patients were treated for 6 months after which they underwent the same follow-up tests as performed prior to the treatment. The following was achieved: group 1had the most reduction in plaque size (-66.4%; p = 0.000), group 2 obtained the highest rate where penile curvature disappeared (24.5%; p = 0.019); the best results with reference to decrease in curvature angle were reached by the 2nd group (-14°) and group 1 obtained -9.6° (p = 0.000).